WIHS is Hiring! Executive Director Position Now Available at Washington International Horse Show

March 7, 2018 - Washington, D.C.

The position of Executive Director is now available at the Washington International Horse Show.
Photo by Rex Reed

Join the team that produces one of North America's most recognized and prestigious equestrian competitions!

Executive Director
WIHS is looking for an experienced Executive Director to join its senior leadership team. Reporting to the president of the board of directors and executive committee, this role will be responsible for leading and implementing a comprehensive multi-year business strategy for WIHS and driving the long-term success of this iconic sporting and D.C. cultural event. The Washington International Horse is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Is a strong strategic thinker with project management skills.  Has the ability to work on bigger picture strategic projects such as annual goal setting and strategies and also to break the work down so it can be effectively and efficiently delivered across teams. Requires a strong problem solving mindset, juggling multiple priorities and long-term planning.
  • Has very strong people and team-building skills and proven ability to manage and mentor entry level employees as well as work closely with longstanding and new volunteer board members
  • Has a proven revenue generating skills including sponsorship development, fundraising, ticket sales, silent auction, souvenir sales and vendor income. Ability to confidently develop, present and close partnerships
  • Is experienced managing and executing large scale events, with an understanding and experience with hospitality planning a plus

Other Important Factors

Marketing: Proficiency with partnership creation, media planning and social media. Experience briefing, negotiating and working with outside partners as the team operates with a small core staff during the year that expands significantly leading up to and during the event.

Financial management: Operational and budgeting skills, oversight of the annual business strategy, revenue, expenses and income working closely with the CFO and treasurer. The Executive Director role will focus on fundraising and revenue generation.

  • Experience in the DC marketplace highly valued
  • Knowledge of the equestrian world helpful but not required
  • Very adept with technology including Microsoft Office, financial spreadsheets and quantitative analysis, power point, social media and as well as strong writing skills
  • Excellent presentation skills with ability to create and present business plans, board materials, financial analysis, etc.
  • Outstanding attention to detail
  • A creative mind and an eye for visual concepts and branding
  • A customer service mindset

For complete details, visit WIHS.org/jobs.

To apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to: jobs@wihs.org  with subject line: "Executive Director."

The Washington International Horse Show is an historic cultural icon in Washington, D.C., and the only hunter jumper horse show remaining in a major metropolitan area. The event is a "show," not only a horse show.  Staging WIHS is a major logistical feat that requires street closures, melting the ice at Capital One Arena and building temporary stabling. The vision is to make WIHS sustainable for the long term as we celebrate our 60th anniversary this year.